Discovering Aboriginal Literature in Canada

A multiplatform, multicultural documentary project, 8th Fire is a provocative look at the richness and diversity of Aboriginal cultures and Canada’s complex 500-year-old relationship with Indigenous peoples — a relationship still mired in colonialism, conflict and denial.

The four-part 8th Fire television series on CBC-TV’s Doc Zone, and several Radio One programs will be running 8th Fire-related content started in January. 

To further explore Aboriginal history and culture through a literary perspective, CBC Books has teamed up with journalist and fiction writer Waubgeshig Rice, author of Midnight Sweatlodge, to present a series of blogs highlighting the important work of Indigenous writers, past, present and future.

In his first post, Rice discusses the importance Aboriginal literature had in shaping his own identity as a youth and some of the authors that have truly influenced him.

Last year, Theytus Books published his first collection of fiction, called Midnight Sweatlodge. It’s a book of short stories that attempts to capture some of the distinct challenges faced by Aboriginal youth in this Canada. Rice says that: “As I embark on this journey of my own, I’m delighted to share with you some of the phenomenal books that inspired me and many others to resolve to never let our powerful storytelling traditions die. Miigwetch.”

Read full article @ CBC Books

~ by eneryvibes on 1,January 22, 2012.

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